Last Thursday I was photographed the Brisbane Fete de la Musique for the Brisbane City Council. For those unfamiliar with the Fete de la Musique concept, it is a live music event that runs all around the world on the same day. Started in 1982 (the year I was born!) by the French Government, this international event is now hosted in more then 110 countries around the world.Tags: andrew veivers, arnie tescon, boundary street, brew coffee shop, brisbane, city cat, elleni toumpas, event photographer, event photography, fete de la musique, flannelette, fortitude valley stompers, hermes balcony, instore set, kathy williams devries, knowledge walk, marching band, music, mystery crew, official photographer, photographer, photography, queen street mall, queen street mall stage, queensland art gallery, rockinghorse records, school choir, southbank, st peter chanel school choir, state library, stormchasers, sunset set, that trombone guy, the cairos, the edge, west end lizard
January 25th, 2012Live
At the moment I am playing catch up with some of the gigs and jobs I shot towards the end of last year. In probably one of only a handful of Brisbane Entertainment Centre shows for 2011, in October I shot Def Leppard for Everguide.Tags: 2011, 2012, band, bec, boondall, brisbane, brisbane entertainment, brisbane entertainment centre, concert, def leppard, elleni, elleni toumpas, heart, live music, music, musician, photographer, photography, photos, stage, tour
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January 24th, 2012LiveTags: 2012, band, brisbane, brisbane band, concert, elleni, elleni toumpas, foster the people, gig, last dinosaurs, Live, live music, music, musician, photographer, photography, photos, rave magazine, stage, the tivoli, toumpas
October 17th, 2011Live
On Friday I shot The Jezabels in the first of their two shows at Brisbane’s The Tivoli for Everguide and Rave magazine. For the first song the band performed behind a black semi-opaque curtain with each band member back-lit projecting shadows for the duration of the song. Once the curtain dropped photographing lead singer Hayley Mary was an easy task as she strutted around the stage hitting her notes by holding interesting angular poses.
August 26th, 2011Live
Last week I went along to The Zoo to photograph Dead Letter Cirucs for Everguide. The day before the Ekka public holiday, the show sold out earlier that day, so getting in early to get prime spot was mandatory.Tags: brisbane, closure in moscow, concert, dead letter circus, dlc, elleni, elleni toumpas, gig, Live, music, the zoo, toumpas
July 8th, 2011Live
Last Friday night Busby Marou played a sold out show at the Old Museum for their Biding My Time tour. Quickly becoming a favoured venue for musicians, the beautiful Old Museum was transformed even further with a lighting treatment of bare globes and rich colour washes. A pleasure to shoot and even more of a pleasure to watch. One thing that I found peculiar though was the quite eclectic crowd that had come along tonight. I could not help make comparisons with some of the female adoring fans and the type that would frequent some of those city pubs that most music goers would tend to avoid. I am not too sure what this says about the band, but everyone seemed to enjoy their night, so I am hoping it is nothing but positives.
Tags: 2011, band, biding my time tour, brisbane, busby marou, concert, elleni, elleni toumpas, gig, Live, live music, music, musician, old musuem, photographer, photography, photos, stage, toumpas
June 15th, 2011Band portraits
Just a quick entry to share with you the final result for Bec Plath‘s EP cover that we shot in the same session as these press shots I have previously mentioned in another blog. Working with Bec was so easy. Usually the hardest part is concept developing for a band, but with Bec the concept was nutted out in one 1/2 hour facebook conversation. She showed me reference images of covers she liked, and I had wanted to work with falling glitter for a while so I pitched this idea to her. She loved it, and the shoot seed had been planted.
Things that I began to study after that is WHAT made a good cover image. Looking at lighting and how they are shot, I settled on a mysterious half lit/ half shadow lighting treatment. I also really wanted to have only a sliver of focus and as I don’t have any ND filters for my 50mm I settled on using my recently acquired Tilt Shift lens. Not only was I able to selectively focus on the eyes, but it was also given to me with a polariser filter that acted as a bit of an ND filter making me able to shoot a little more wide open with the lens.
On the light, I shot with a basic reflector and used baking paper to diffuse the light a touch. I had also bought from Reverse Garbage some old theatre lighting gels which included some ‘ND’ style gels (basically dark – neutral coloured gels to stop down the light). As I wanted the light really close to Bec to get this type of fall off on her, I used some of these gels to try and bring down the intensity of my light.
On top of all this, the shoot was held in my rather small living room. So to stop lighting bouncing all over I used a flag close to the right side of her face to bring out the shadows.
Anyway enough on the technical, Bec’s EP is being released on the 6th August at Beetle Bar. At the moment the image above is being used on the tour poster, the actual album artwork to be released later.Tags: 2011, bec plath, brisbane, elleni toumpas, ep cover, ep release, music, musician, night fall, nightfall, photographer, photography, solo singer songwriter
June 7th, 2011Live
Things have been a bit hectic over here. In the past two months I have only shot one live gig, and I am finally getting around here to blog the pictures here. Katy Perry at Brisbane Entertainment Centre on the 5th May. As it was a sound desk shoot, and being the short photographer I am, this shoot was a little difficult in timing to get shots through the hands of fans.
Tags: 2011, brisbane entertainment centre, concert, elleni, elleni toumpas, gig, katy perry, live music, music, toumpas
June 6th, 2011Band portraits
A week ago I worked with talented local musician Bec Plath on her EP Cover and press shots. I am still making the final touches on her cover but for now her press shots have been released to the world. Check them out.
Bec was an ABSOLUTE pleasure to work with. A musician who trusted my concept, using locations that had been on my ‘wishlist’ to shoot at for a while, and a truly easy and beautiful subject to shoot.
I am really excited by the EP Cover too. I will put it up here when it is all released.
Tags: 2011, artist, band, Band portraits, bec plath, brisbane, elleni toumpas, ep cover, music, musician, photographer, photography, photos, portrait, Portraits, press shoot, singer, songwriter
May 31st, 2011Band portraits
Earlier this month I was asked to shoot press shots for Fatty Gets A Stylist, a new music project between Kate Miller Heidke and her husband Kier Nuttall.
This shoot was kind of difficult as the brief and reference shots for their concept meant that I needed to use available light during nightfall. Not only was this difficult for me as it was quite different to how I usually worked with bands shots, but also I had to shoot most of these at high apertures and low ISOs (to even out the shadows and highlights in the available light) thus resulting in quite slow shutter speeds.To get shots in focus we shot each frame multiple times with count downs to hold the poses.
Tags: band, Band portraits, brisbane, elleni toumpas, Fatty Gets A Stylist, Kate Miller Heidke, Kier Nuttal, music, musician, photographer, press shots